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9:00 PM ET, January 13, 2008


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Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
BET Founder Slams Obama in South Carolina  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — Robert L. Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television, who is campaigning today in South Carolina with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, just raised the specter of Barack Obama's past drug use.
Gateway Pundit:
It Has Begun... Hillary Takes Credit For Surge She Opposed!!  —  CAUTION: DON"T READ THIS WITH WHILE EATING...  It has begun... Democrats are now taking credit for the surge... A surge they all opposed!  —  Hillary takes credit for the sucess in Iraq on Meet the Press.
Zzaki / Political Radar:
Clinton Surrogate Makes Veiled Reference to Obama's Drug Use  —  ABC News' Eloise Harper reports: Speaking in Columbia, S.C., BET founder Bob Johnson was introducing Clinton and made a veiled swipe at Barack Obama's past drug use.  The last surrogate to talk about Obama and drugs …
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Clinton backer appears to raise Obama's drug use  —  (CNN) - BET founder and prominent Hillary Clinton supporter Bob Johnson said Sunday he is ‘insulted’ with the Obama campaign's latest criticisms of Clinton, and appeared to take aim at the Illinois senator for his admitted drug use as a young man.
Discussion: The Politico
New York Times:   Clinton and Obama Spar Over Remark About Dr. King
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Obama Slams Clinton's ‘Meet’ Appearance
Discussion: Firedoglake and TalkLeft
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama: Clinton rewrites history
Discussion: TalkLeft
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
BET founder Bob Johnson criticizes Obama
Phillip Elliott / Associated Press:
Clinton blames Obama camp over remark
Mark R. Levin / The Corner:
Deplorable Campaigning  —  Mike Huckabee: “Many of us who have been Republicans out of conviction . . . the social conservatives,” he told reporters, “were welcomed in the party as long as we sort of kept our place, but Lord help us if we ever stood forward and said we would actually like to lead the party.”
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Noxious Fruits of Hate Speech laws  —  (updated below)  —  I've written several times before about the oppressive, dangerous hate speech laws which are common — increasingly so — in both Canada and Europe, whereby the Government is empowered to punish as criminals citizens …
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Ross Douthat:
Liberal Fascism And Its Critics  —  Here is some free advice for liberals who don't care much for Jonah Goldberg or his (bestselling) new volume: Either confine yourself to dismissive snark, of the sort perfected by my colleague Matt, or buckle down and actually read the damn thing.
Tom Hilton / If I Ran the Zoo:
Not-Much Shorter Jonah: “Tom Wolfe Likes It!”
Discussion: Orcinus and Sadly, No!
George F. Will / Washington Post:
A GOP Numbers Crunch  —  The first year of the 2008 campaign — think about that — has clearly established that the Republican Party's prospects are cloudy.  In the first two major contests, Mike Huckabee has finished first and third, John McCain fourth and first, Mitt Romney second twice.
Caitlin Flanagan / New York Times:
Sex and the Teenage Girl  —  THE movie “Juno” is a fairy tale about a pregnant teenager who decides to have her baby, place it for adoption and then get on with her life.  For the most part, the tone of the movie is comedic and jolly, but there is a moment when Juno tells her father about her condition …
Camilla Tominey / Daily Express:
PLOT TO KILL QUEEN FOILED  —  AL Qaeda terrorists posing as TV crews planned to blow up the Queen by smuggling explosives into last year's Commonwealth summit.  —  Two huge outside broadcast vans belonging to the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation were seized after a tip-off from intelligence agents.
Jonah Goldberg / Washington Post:
Cloudy Fortunes for Conservatism  —  Well, this wasn't the plan.  —  As pretty much everyone has noticed, the Republican race hasn't exactly followed any of the scripts laid out for it.  Mitt Romney has been hacked apart like the Black Knight in “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”
The Corner:
Discussion: Daily Pundit
Tyler Cowen / New York Times:
So We Thought.  But Then Again . . .  HARRY S TRUMAN once said he wanted to talk to a one-armed economist, “so that the guy could never make a statement and then say: ‘on the other hand.’ ” Yet economic knowledge continues to progress in unexpected ways.  Here are a few of the things we learned in the last 12 months:
New York Times:
G.O.P. Voters, in Big Shift, Favor McCain Over His Rivals  —  WASHINGTON — Republican voters have sharply altered their views of their presidential candidates following the early contests in Iowa and New Hampshire, with Senator John McCain, widely written off just weeks ago …
Discussion: Cliff Schecter
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Another Sign Edwards Will Throw Support to Obama  —  South Carolina may be the end for John Edwards if he comes in third.  It seems, once again, he's displaying his preference for Obama over Hillary.  At a campaign event at a predominantly black Baptist church today Edwards said : … and,
Satyam / Think Progress:
Snow Shrugs Off Post-War Failures: ‘Everybody Gets It Wrong At The Beginning Of A War’  —  Yesterday, former White House spokesperson Tony Snow was interviewed on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher.  —  Maher discussed how woefully unprepared the Bush administration was for post-invasion Iraq.
Discussion: Bill Maher
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Romney leads McCain in Michigan, poll shows
Discussion: Redstate
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Haven't We Heard This Voice Before?  —  SHE had me at “Well, that hurts my feelings.”
Discussion: The Heretik
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
“Government Sponsored” Antisemitism Grows Under Chavez
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Al-Qaeda's white army of terror
Selwyn Duke / American Thinker:
The Race for the American Mind
Discussion: Cold Fury